Sledge hockey lesson from Marc Dorion, Canadian Paralympian

Canadian Paralympian Marc Dorion took some time to teach CBC Ottawa video journalist Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco the basics of sledge hockey, including how to move, turn, stop and shoot.

Ottawa Paralympian shows Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco how to move, turn, stop and shoot

Sledge hockey lesson with Marc Dorion

8 years ago
Duration 6:46
The CBC's Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco learns to play sledge hockey from a Canadian Paralympian.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play sledge hockey?

The CBC's Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco did, and he was taught by one of the best — Canadian Paralympian and national sledge hockey team member, Marc Dorion.

Within 10 minutes, Marc taught Omar the basics on how to move, turn, stop, shoot and pass. We've edited the video down to about seven minutes.

Marc Dorion, 27, right, began playing sledge hockey at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa, at the encouragement of his doctors. He was born with spina bifida. (Courtesy of Canadian Paralympic Committee)
Before you watch, note the two blades on Marc's sledge are less than one inch apart to improve his agility. However, that is because the 27-year-old has played for 23 years.

Omar learned with his blades at a beginner width of about five inches apart. That makes it harder to turn, but easier to stay upright.

If you want to follow Marc and feel what it's like on the ice during a game, we strapped a GoPro camera to his sledge for a 90-second shift. Click here to watch.